Reminder: Carnival Cruise Line Package Prices, Gratuities Increase May 1

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Time is running out to save money on your upcoming Carnival cruise, where several price increases will go into effect as of May 1. Drink Package Price Increase Cruisers planning to purchase the popular Cheers! beverage package for an upcoming cruise should consider doing so before May 1, when the price of the package will […]

Cruise Line Cancels Sailings Due to Crew Staffing Issues

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In an unusual move, a cruise ship which had returned to service less than two weeks ago is being pulled out of service again due to staffing issues. What P&O Cruises Says P&O Cruises, a division of Carnival Corporation, has been forced to pull its ship, Arcadia, out of service effective immediately. The ship had […]

This Cruise Line Ad Brilliantly Takes On Rising Price of Disney Vacations

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While Mickey Mouse and his parent company probably don’t love it, Princess Cruises has launched a new ad campaign aimed directly at the Disney theme parks. Better still, they managed to do so without actually naming Disney. Cruise Line Offers “Real” Magic The new ad from the folks at Princess Cruises is so subtle that […]

Carnival Cruise Line Boosting Drink Package, Specialty Dining Costs May 1

Carnival Cruise Line has announced the new prices for the popular Cheers! drink package, as well as the fees associated with some specialty dining and wifi. Prices will go up effective May 1, 2022. The news comes days after Carnival announced its raising daily gratuities at the beginning of next month. Buy Now to Save […]

Cruise Lines Need to Stop Playing the Daily Gratuities Game

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Over the past several days, Norwegian Cruise Line raised its daily service charge, and Carnival Cruise Line announced that it will be raising its daily gratuities in May. As always, there were many who complained about the change, breaking out the tried-and-true accusation that they’re being “nickel-and-dimed.” Others said that, given how long crew members […]

Norwegian Getaway Haven Trip Report, Day 7: Rough Waters Ahead

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We’d skipped Norfolk because of rough weather, and over the course of the night, things only got worse. By the time I woke up the next morning, we were sailing through very choppy seas and the ship — especially the front of the ship, which is where The Haven is located — was definitely doing […]

Norwegian Getaway Haven Trip Report Day 6: Another Day, Another Change

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I woke up this morning both excited and nervous. Remember at the end of yesterday’s trip report, I teased that I’d be doing something I’d never experienced before? Well… I’d booked myself for a hot-stone massage. This was going to be a completely new experience for me. I’ve occasionally booked the thermal spa suite on […]

Norwegian Escape Runs Aground, Leaving Ship Stranded

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(Updated 8:07 p.m. ET) A newly updated article with the latest cancellation on Norwegian Escape can be found here.   Guests on the Norwegian Escape found themselves experiencing an unexpected overnight stop after the ship ran aground off the coast of the Dominican Republic on Monday afternoon. Norwegian Escape‘s Unexpected Adventure The ship ran afoul […]

Norwegian Getaway Haven Trip Report, Day 5: Life’s A Beach

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For many cruisers, beaches play a crucial role in their vacation. This seven-night itinerary was scheduled to give those folks two different opportunities to wiggle their toes in the sand — Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau. Three if you count Port Canaveral, which weirdly, I never do. Make of that what you will. Thanks to […]

Norwegian Getaway Haven Trip Report, Day 4: Land, Ho!

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Fun fact: Getting off an in-progress cruise to fly home is kind of a pain in the butt. Not that I would know, because you couldn’t get me to leave The Haven mid-trip unless I was being arrested for crimes against dietary restrictions. But unfortunately, Doug was set to leave our cruise early. He would […]